Places I Want to Travel to in 2018.

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2017 has been quite a year for me. A lot has changed, I have done so many things such as move house and travel to places I have never been before. I love to travel and this is one thing I want to continue in 2018, so when Destination2 contact me about working with them and talk about my travel Bucket List for 2018 I was more than happy to say yes. So without further ado here is my 2018 travel Bucket List.

Verona, Italy



This has been on every bucket list I have ever had. I had loved the country since I was little, from seeing it in films and pictures and would love to go there for myself. The city is incredibly beautiful and full of history, including the setting of Shakespeare famous play, Romeo and Juliet. I have loved Romeo and Juliet, since I first studied the play in primary school. I would love to go and see La casa de Guillieta and see the famous balcony. The landscape is stunning and historic. If there's one place that I could only visit next year it would be here.

Scotland



I am determined to actually tick this off my list in 2018. It is so easy to travel to and so close so there is no excuse not to.  Friends and family have gone to Scotland and said nothing but good things. I would particularly like to visit Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival and the Isle of Skye.  The highlands seem so beautiful, it would be incredible to explore them and see the historical buildings and ancient castles from times past. The lush green countryside would be an idyllic escape from the city living I have been used to since childhood.   

Oxford



Until this year I never expected that I would want to visit Oxford. I recently went to a conference at Oxford Brookes University and we went out for drinks afterwards, and so we had to walk through the city. I fell in love with it instantly and I can not wait to return. The architecture is breathtaking, it is obvious that the city has a long and prestigious history. When I return I will spending my time there admiring the buildings, Universities and libraries. It may not be on everybodies travel bucket list but it has proven itself to me that it is worthy of a full visit to see everything it has to offer.

South Korea



For the past couple of years I have become obsessed with South Korea and practically everything to do with it. The Language, the history, the culture and the food. If money wasn't an issue, I would be on a plane headed there as soon as possible. South Korea has so many incredible places to go to such as Seoul, Jeju, Hongdae and so many other places. I would love to visit the palaces that are there as well, as I have loved watching Korean historical dramas as of late and would love to see one in real life for myself. It would also give me a chance to try and learn to speak and read Hangul. 

Paris



Ah, Paris. The city of love and light. It is beautiful there, there is no denying that, it has so much to offer. No wonder the majority of people will visit the city at some point in their lives. I haven't made it there yet, but I hope in 2018 I will. I want to walk along the Seine, visit the Lourve and see the Mona Lisa with my own eyes, do everything a tourist can do whilst in the city and also make a quick trip to Shakespeare and Co. to pick up some books, and of course try some of the treats form the famous french patisseries. 

So there is my travel bucket list for 2018. I hope that I can tick some of these off next year, if not there is always next year and the year after that. It is a bucket list after all. 

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Ice Skating at the Tower of London

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It is well and truly the Christmas Season, so its time to get the Christmas tunes on, dust off your old Christmas jumpers and start buying mince pies and mulled wine. It is no secret that I love Christmas, and when I say I love Christmas, I mean I LOVE Christmas. 

So when I was contacted to attend the press night of the Tower of London Ice Rink, I was more than happy to accept the invitation.

Not only was this my first blogger opportunity since living in London, but the first Christmas related thing I have done this year. Also a little known fact that I adore Ice skating, (partly because of the winter Olympics and partly because of Yuri on Ice!) Although I have once been Ice Skating once before. I was more than happy to give it a try, and at the Tower of London of all places! 

When I arrived, it was impossible to not be blown away by the Tower of London and how it had been decorated to accommodate and reflect the ambiance of the Ice Rink. On the side on the Tower itself there were projections of Snowflakes that made the building look incredibly festive and beautiful. 
Once the event began I headed straight for the ice rink.

 I went to get some Ice Skates and headed to the Rink. Im going to be honest when I first got on the ice, I was practically like Bambi. It was quite nerve wracking since I had only been ice skating once before in my life. It took me about half an hour and a friendly fellow blogger to help me stay on my feet and get me to feel comfortable on the ice. (He was a very good skater so he was doing laps around me after helping me) 

After I had a fair amount of time on the ice, I had started talking to a group of students who were lovely and invited me to sit with them and enjoy the drinks that were offered. After a little while chatting we were offered to have a tour of the Tower itself.
Now I am quite a history and architecture nerd, so I was more than happy to go on this tour. We were led on the tour by one of the Guards (Beefeater) of the Tower. He told us everything from the history of the tower to the everyday running of it. I truly enjoyed it and the Tower buildings are beautiful, I truly felt that I learnt a lot.

I had an incredible time at this event. It really got me into the christmas spirit and I met some really lovely people and made some friends. I would certainly recommend paying a visit whilst it is still open. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wrote again soon ! xx
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TV Shows to Binge This Season *

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Hey Everyone!
 Autumn has finally come and the long nights have started to crawl in, normally wen this season rolls in, I rarely leave the warm cosiness of the house. So whats one of  the best things to do when its cold outside? Binge watch TV shows! (Although I do this all year round, the colder months are when I really get into TV) So when Panasonic asked me to work with them to help promote their Panasonic Oled 4K TV  and talk about my fave TV shows to binge right now, how could I say no? 
Panasonic Oled 4K TV (Available at http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/televisions/4KTV/tx-77ez1002b.html )

My picks for binge worthy TV are a varied bunch, what can I say I like a lot of different things, hopefully there is something in thus lists that interests you and could make you want to watch it. My choices range from Comedy to Drama to Historical and Foreign. I wasn't joking when I said it was varied. So lets gets started shall we ? 
Jane The Virgin 

I was first recommended this show by a very good friend of mine, and I am so glad they did. I fell in love with this show from the first episode. Its such a feel good show with a really great cast and brilliant plot lines. It follows a young woman called Jane who is accidentally artificially inseminated (ie made pregnant) but shes a virgin, and the show follows all the twist and turns this brings her life. Although it is a comedy show it deals with some truly real matters ie; having your heart broken, pregnancy and a lot more but I don't want to spoil it for you. I couldn't praise this TV show more, I started watching it whilst I was getting over a break up and it was the perfect pick me up, and gave me dome really great advice. If there are any that I'd say at least give a try it is this one. I guarantee you will not regret it.
(Available on Netflix)
Lucifer

Okay listen to this. The devil living in LA and taking a break from ruling hell by helping to solve murders on earth. Interested ? I thought you would be. Now I'm not one for religion but this shows takes all the mythology around angels and Lucifer and creates an incredibly enjoyable show. Its also based on the Neil Gaiman Comics, so you know it's gonna be good.Tom Ellis plays the fallen angel perfectly, his british accent, his sarcastic and twisted demeanor mixed with his moments of humanity and compassion make you really love the character and keeps you watching. 
 (Available on Amazon Video)
Outlander

Now if you haven't heard of this show, you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Outlander is historical romance show. It follows Claire, a WW2 nurse as she travels back in time to Scotland 1743. There she must survive without being captured by the English, and try to find her way back to the present day. This is an incredibly popular show and for good reason. It is based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon starting in 1991 and the series is still going now. So when the TV adaptation was announced it already had a huge fanbase. Although I should say it is quite adult, there is a fair bit of gore and sex, so its up to you if it is something you consider watching but I have to say the plot is incredible and so well thought out. It has made me fall in love with Scotland and its history. 
(Available on Amazon Video) 
Riverdale

Okay I am coming to this so late in the game. Everyone has already raved and obsessed over this show but I didn't pay any attention to it. I recently wanted something new to watch and i heard everyone talking about the second season being released, so I gave it a try. I am hooked! I have already binged the first series in a couple of days and Im almost done. It focuses on the town of Riverdale where a teenager , the star football player is missing and is then found to be murdered. The show follows a group of teenagers trying to find out who killed Jason Blossom. I have never been so quickly hooked onto a show as this. If you were a fan of Pretty Little Liars and are wanting to watch similar this is perfect.
(Availaible on Netflix)
Miss Panda and Mr Hedgehog

Now fair warning this is a Korean show. (I told you I like foreign shows) I love Korean shows and have become obsessed with them over the past year, but this has got to be one of my favourites, I have re-watched it several times. It focuses on a bakery called Cafe Panda and three central characters ; Pan Da-Yang, The owner of the bakery. Go Seung-Ji, the patissier and Choi Won-il, the CEO of the competitor chain bakery. It is a comedy show, filled with friendship, family, love and best of all Cake! Please dont be put off for the fact that it is Korean, there are English Subtitles to watch it with. I truly hope a few people give this show a go because it is an amazing feel good show.
(Available on Netflix)
Once Upon A Time
Now, this is a series that has been going for a long time. It is in its 7th season and still telling an amazing narrative. Its plot centers around fairytale characters who have forgotten who they are as they now live in a land without magic, in our world. Until a little boy finds his long lost birth mother to help bring magic back to the town of Storybrooke. I binged through the first 3 seasons in less than a month. I was completely hooked. If you're a fan of Disney or fairytales, this is definitely something check out.
(Available on Netflix)

So those are my top picks for TV shows to binge watch through this season. I hope you found something that interested you within this list and gave you something new to watch. 
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Scouser Down South

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I know its been a while, since I last wrote a blog post, but I have a good reason ... I moved to London! Thats right, this little Scouse girl has moved down south to the capital. Its a very big change but its an adventure. 

Obviously its going to be different from living in Liverpool where I lived with my family and surrounded by my friends, but I have been here for 3 weeks now and I'm starting to settle in to my new home. I live in a student house with six other people, all lovely thankfully. 

The reason I made this huge move away from my life was because I had gotten a place at University to study my Master's degree in publishing. I have two weeks of uni already and I could not be more sure of my decision to come here. I love my course and everything I am learning about, because its everything I need for my career after I graduate. 

To say its a big change is an understatement. Yes although Liverpool is a busy city filled with life and people, it is small in comparison. London is practically the definition of a busy city, although I live in a quiet suburb near my university you still see the business of London in everyone's rushed gazes and pace. 

Living in another city, is always something that will take a while to get my head around, and this is definitely true about London, growing up I heard so many things about the Capital, that when I got here I felt the urge to get out there and see everything and take on everything head first. Which is what I'm going to do.

So London, are you ready for this Scouser down south ? 

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Getting My Plateful At Alma De Cuba

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 Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a restaurant that i was recently invited to, to taste their menu; Alma De Cuba. Previous to the invitation I had never even heard of the restaurant, and boy was I missing out! I arrived to be greeted by the insanely lovely Sam from Sabre Beauty and was given a drink as I went in to greet the bloggers who had already arrived. It was so good to see my fellow bloggers, especially since it would one of the few times i wold see them until I moved.

After a few drinks and chatting to the girls and taking a few pictures together d of the venue, we were all escorted upstairs towards the dining area of the restaurant. I was in awe when I saw it. It was beautiful! I am quite in love with architecture and when I saw how the old church had been transformed into what is now Alma De Cuba I was blown away. It is absolutely stunning the way they have incorporated the alter and the pillars with the modern features of the restaurant and bar.

We were shown to our table, which had been set up for us beautifully, each place had our names written on them and a little shiny goodie bag waiting for us filled with sweets, and vouchers to use in the future. It was obvious that they wanted us to have a great time there. Once we had all looked through our goodie bags we ordered our drinks whilst we perused the menu. I chose from their Alma De Fresco non alcoholic menu and went for the Bora Bora, which was Coco Lopez,Watermelon juice, Pineapple juice and orange juice. It was glorious, it was incredibly tasty and really refreshing and proof that some of the best drinks don't need alcohol in them.

There was so much choice when it came to ordering food, we were spoilt for choice. I, on this occasion did not order a starter but a few of the girls did, one including the Sweet Potato and Chorizo croquettes, which looked and smelled incredible, it made me regret not ordering them. For my main course I decided to order the Chargrilled grain fed Argentinian rib eye of beef. Oh my goodness it was got to be one the best steaks I have ever had in my entire life! I would recommend everyone going just to taste that steak, you will not be disappointed. Once we had finished our mains came the chance to order dessert, by this point some of us were filled with the delicious food provided that they opted out, but as it is me, I never turn down dessert and so I ordered the Dulce De Leche and Colombian Cocoa Tart. It was so rich and sweet it was the perfect end to the meal, sorry for the no pictures I ate it too quickly before I realised. It was just too good!

Once we had finished our meals , we were given a quiz to fill in as part of the activities for the night, we instantly all become competitive which was hilarious, it was almost back at school trying to make sure no once copied our answered. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed, the lovely Sarah from Saloca in Wonderland won the prize.

I had such an incredible evening at Alma De Cuba, and the food was incredible, I could not recommended it highly enough, so if you're ever looking for someone new to try I would wholeheartedly say give Alma De Cuba a try. You will not be disappointed.


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Goodbye Liverpool

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Its finally here, the time I say goodbye to my hometown. To Liverpool. That in itself feels strange, because not only was I saying goodbye to the place but to everything I had become there, that's what makes it so hard to say goodbye.

I started saying my goodbyes over a month go, just to ease myself into it, and there a lot of them from friends, family, work colleagues and blogger friends. There were so many goodbyes that I knew it was going to be hard to leave. 

Me saying goodbye to Liverpool is more than just saying goodbye to a city and the people. Its saying goodbye to the memories I have there, Everything I am, is because of Liverpool. The memories I have, the friendships I've made, the person I grew up to be and become; all stems from that magnificent city and I couldn't imagine myself without that link to it.

Liverpool is my childhood, my teenage years and my new adult life when I was trying to figure things out. Its where I had my first kiss, first alcoholic drink, first heartbreak, so many memories are enveloped in that city that I know i will never properly say goodbye to it.

 Liverpool is a part of who I am. Its embedded in my heart and will be for the rest of my life, and even though I wont be living their anymore it will always be my home, my safe haven, the place I can always return to, and I know it will always welcome me back not just because my family and friends are there but because that's Liverpool. Once you're a part of it, it never lets you go. 

That's why its so heartbreaking to leave. 

And so ...

Goodbye Liverpool.



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English Rose - Fashion

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Hey everyone! After nearly three years of blogging, I have finally done a fashion post! I know, it is long overdue. Personally I have shied away form them as I don't view myself as fashionable so why write about something I know very little about. This post doesn't mean I am suddenly going to start calling my a fashion blogger, for the previous reason; I am in no way fashionable, however when I bought this dress I wanted to do a photoshoot with it, it was so beautiful and summery, it felt perfect. So I thankfully had the incredibly talented Heather as my photographer for this day, and she was amazing and made me feel so calm about everything, and for someone who doesn't feel at home in front of the camera that is amazing.

The theme I wanted to go for with this shoot was English Rose, as it matched the dress and the locations we found were incredible and matched it perfectly. So now without further ado, here are the shots from the day .

Dress - Primark
Shoes - New Look
Necklace -Argos











I had such an amazing time at this photo-shoot, and I have a few more in mind, so maybe in the future you will see some more fashion style posts from me. Please go and check out Heather's blog, she is an amazing photographer and blogger, and I am so thankful for her for helping me with this photo-shoot.

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